Are you interested in going on your first camping trip but don’t know where to begin? The Parks Canada Learn-to Camp team has you covered!

The Parks Canada Learn-to Camp program equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to feel confident planning and carrying out your first camping adventure. We’d love you to come and learn about camping, national parks, hiking, camp cooking, and the outdoors with us!

Throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), there are three ways you can get your first taste of camping or enhance your skills to take your camping experience to a new level:

Pop-up activities

Free, drop-in sessions at convenient locations and festivals throughout the GTA to introduce participants to Parks Canada and camping in the great outdoors.

May

Sunday, May 12 - Mother's Day Family Fun Day*, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

Thursday, May 16 - Toronto Newcomer Day, Nathan Philips Square, 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Sunday, May 12 - International Museum Day*, Markham Museum, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Thursday, May 30 - Dufferin Grove Farmers' Market

June

Saturday, June 1 - Withrow Farmers' Market, Withrow Park, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Thursday, June 6 - East Lynn Farmers' Market, East Lynn Park, 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Saturday, June 8 - Withrow Farmers' Market, Withrow Park, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Saturday, June 8 - MEC Paddle Fest

Sunday, June 9 - MEC Paddle Fest

Sunday, June 16 - Father's Day Family Fun Day*, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

July

Wednesday, July 10 - Markham Museum*, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

August

Sunday, August 11 - Museum Masterchef*, Pickering Museum, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

*Admission fees may apply

Learn-to Camp GTA workshops
Learn-to Camp Workshops

Workshops

Free workshops (1 - 2 hours) to help participants acquire basic camping skills and learn about outdoor activities. These take place in many public libraries and community centres.

May

Saturday, May 18 - Central Library, Mississauga, 10:30 AM -12:00 PM

Wednesday, May 22 - Whitchurch-Stouffville Library, Whitchurch-Stouffville, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Saturday, May 25 - Cooksville Library, Mississauga, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Saturday, May 25 - Malton Library, Mississauga, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

June

Saturday, June 1 - Churchill Meadows Library, Mississauga, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Saturday, June 1 - Clarkson Library, Mississauga, 2:00 PM -3:30 PM

Monday, June 3 - Courtneypark Library, Mississauga, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Monday, June 3 - Brooklin Library, Whitby, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Thursday, June 6 - Erin Meadows Library, Mississauga, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Saturday, June 8 - Mississauga Valley Library, Mississauga, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Monday, June 10 - Steeles Library, Toronto, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuesday, June 11 - Burnhamthorpe Library, Mississauga, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Thursday, June 13 - High Park Nature Centre, Toronto, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Thursday, June 13 - Rossland Library, Whitby, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 

Saturday, June 15 - Lakeview Library, Mississauga, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

Saturday, June 15 - Port Credit Library, Mississauga, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Saturday, June 15 - South Common Library, Mississauga, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Saturday, June 15 - Woodlands Library, Mississauga, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Thursday, June 27 - North York Central Library, Toronto, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Thursday, June 27 - Agincourt Library, Toronto, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Saturday, June 29 - McKechnie Library, Mississauga, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Saturday, June 29 - Meadowvale Library, Mississauga, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

July

Thursday, July 4 - Deer Park Library, Toronto, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Monday, July 8 - Springdale Library, Brampton, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Thursday, July 11 - Goldhawk Park Public Library, Toronto, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Friday, July 12 - Cedarbrae Public Library, Toronto, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Friday, July 12 - Burrows Hall Public Library, Toronto, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Thursday, July 18 - Central Branch Library, Whitby, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

August

Thursday, August 8 - Taylor Memorial Public Library, Toronto, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

 

Overnight Learn-to Camp

Learn-to camp overnights
Learn-to Camp Overnight

Think you might want to experience the pleasure of overnight camping but just need a helping hand? Register for Parks Canada's overnight Learn-to Camp program in Toronto!

The overnight Learn-to Camp program introduces visitors to camping in a fun and safe way. Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) have teamed up to teach the art of setting-up camp! This program provides you with all the skills you need for a successful night of camping under a starry sky. 

These low-cost, overnight camping experiences take place in Glen Rouge Campground within Rouge National Urban Park. Camping gear and workshops are provided; participants bring their own food and sleeping bags.  

Cost: $88 for up to 4 people; $22 for each additional person, to a total of 6.

Registration 

Registration begins May 7 for June and July dates, and May 8 for August dates.

The registration line is open from 10 AM to 6 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Monday to Friday. Call 1-844-365-2646 to register.

A maximum of three tents can be booked by one group or individual.

 

 

Ready for your own camping adventure? Here are some helpful hints for a memorable camping trip.

For more information about the Learn-to Camp program please contact our Learn-to Camp Coordinator at emily.kinnon@canada.ca